Poll Workers

Be A Pollworker!

Are you interested in serving your community, making new friends, and earning extra money? Apply now to become one of the many civic-minded citizens who work at the polls on election day.

Applicants must be registered to vote in Anderson County.

For more information about becoming a pollworker, please call (865) 463-6804 or come by our office.

Download the Poll Worker Application

Qualifications
An election official must be a registered voter or 17 years of age and a resident of Anderson County. A political party preference should be declared because state law requires that the two major political parties be represented equally (to the extent possible) at each precinct.
State law sets certain restrictions on who may serve as an election official. Neither elected officials nor candidates for office may be appointed as election workers. Also, employees of a state, county, municipal or federal governmental body or agency are prohibited from serving. State law further states that members of the election commission and their immediate families may not serve.

Responsibilities
Be informed! Attend the most convenient election worker training session. Shortly before countywide elections, we will have training sessions in the Oak Ridge and Clinton areas of the county. Election workers’ appointment letters will give the time and locations of all scheduled classes. It is mandatory for all workers to attend one of these sessions.

Know what is expected! Read the description of your job duties that are provided for you by the election commission.

Be committed! Arrive on time at your polling location. We expect all workers to be at their assigned location no later than one hour prior to the opening of the polls. Once you have arrived at the precinct, you will not be allowed to leave, except in the event of an emergency. Please bring your meals or arrange for someone to bring them to you. Expect to stay at least 30 minutes after the close of the polls to help shut down the polling location.

Abide by the election officials’ oath! Be friendly but business like when performing your duties; offer no opinions regarding candidates or issues on the ballot, even if pressured to do so.

Election Officials’ Oath
“I do solemnly swear (affirm) that I will support the Constitution and laws of the United States and the Constitution and laws of the State of Tennessee, and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge the duties of my office.”

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